Celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015


This week, Manchester Enterprise Centre is hosting a series of events and workshops in celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 which takes place from 16-20 November. The events are designed to inspire and educate future entrepreneurs within both Alliance Manchester Business School and the wider university.

During the week, the Manchester Enterprise Centre will host a number of events, from workshops to talks which will allow students to learn more about what it means to start a business and how they can succeed.

Dr Martin Henery will host the ‘I want my own business, how do I get started?’ workshop where he will be joined by the previous winners of Venture Further. Venture Further 2016, which will be launched next month, is a competition held by Manchester Enterprise Centre and is designed to enable University of Manchester students to develop their business ideas and win up to £10,000 under four categories to develop their idea.

Last year, Jenny Berry won the Venture Further  social prize when she impressed the judges with her business plan for ‘In Your Own Words’, a regular workshop in Manchester prisons which focusses on rehabilitating inmates using poetry.  Upon winning the prize money, Jenny said: “Within the very short timeframe I’ve known about the competition, I’ve had a lot of support from the Manchester Enterprise Centre to refine my business plan and I’m really grateful for that. I believe In Your Own Words is an idea that can live on in various formats and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity through Venture Further to develop it.”

On Thursday, Hotel Chocolat CEO Angus Thirlwell, will be the second speaker in the Entrepreneurs@Manchester 2015/16 series. Rachel Bridge, one of the UK’s most experience enterprise journalists, will be interviewing Angus about his business and what it means to be an entrepreneur.

Lynn Sheppard, Director of Manchester Enterprise Centre said “The events being held over the week are a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about how entrepreneurs are made and developed.  We are delighted to have such an impressive line-up of successful entrepreneurs from various backgrounds working with us this year.”

Wednesday 18th November, 12 – 1pm
I want my own business, how do I get started?
Alumni Clubroom, Ground Floor, Manchester Business School West

Dr Martin Henery, Venture Competition Director, with the help of past Venture Further finalists will provide some hints and tips on resources and approaches that are available to you if you wish to start your own business; and get a head-start if you wish to enter Venture Further. Following the presentations there will be time for questions and for networking.

Please email enterprise@manchester.ac.uk if you are interested in attending this event

Thursday 19th November, 14:00 – 16:00
Venture Out – what’s next?
Room 5.205, University Place

This event is specifically aimed at all the students that entered Venture Out. Just before the shortlist is announced Dr Martin Henery, Venture Competition Director, will go through some of the common issues that the judges have identified with this year’s entries. He will take participants through some of the practical steps that entrants can take to address these issues and to strengthen their ideas.

Please e-mail ventureout@manchester.ac.uk if you are interested in taking part in this workshop / clinic.

Thursday 19th November, 17:00 – 19:00
Entrepreneurs@Manchester – Angus Thirlwell (founder of Hotel Chocolat)
G6, Ground Floor, Alliance Manchester Business School West

Angus Thirlwell, founder of Hotel Chocolat will be the keynote speaker at the next Entrepreneurs@Manchester speaker event taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. To say that Angus is passionate about chocolate would be an understatement because, as he willingly admits, it’s more of an obsession. Together with his business partner, Peter Harris, he founded Hotel Chocolat in 2004 with three guiding principles that remain central to the brand’s success today – authenticity, originality and ethics. Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear from one of the UK’s greatest entrepreneurs.

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Friday 20th November 13:00 – Saturday 21st November 14:00
Social Storm 2015
Central Working, The Elevator, Deansgate, Manchester

Are you passionate about building a better society? Do you want to use your skills and ideas to find solutions to problems? We’re looking for people who believe they can make a difference to society, from any background or degree discipline to join a unique 24-hour hackathon! The competition brings together university students from across the world to work on sustainable solutions to our global social challenges. You will be working in teams comprised of students from other universities, to find a sustainable solution to a real challenge to our global society. Using virtual communication tools so you do not need to leave the campus, demonstrating how technology is bringing the world closer together, and how everyone can play a role in helping communities around the world. Visit the Global Social Storm website for more details www.globalsocialstorm.org


Tuesday 17th November, 18:00-19:30
How to build a global business’ workshop with Walli Ullah
Innospace, Chester Street, Manchester

Walli Ullah is a successful entrepreneur with over 25 years experience in Film, TV and Digital Media. Walli has been at the forefront of developments in digital media and was an early pioneer of VOD and IPTV . Most recently he was responsible for the multi-million pound growth and sale of a global entertainment content production and distribution company. During this workshop you will hear about Walli’s entrepreneurial journey over the last 30 years and the lessons he has picked up along the way. He will also share insights into starting a business from scratch and growing it into a £100m company, before taking questions from the audience during an interactive Q&A session.

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Friday, November 20 at 18:30 – Sunday, November 22 at 21:00
Start-up Weekend Lancaster 2015
Lancaster University

No Talk. All action. Launch a start-up in 54 hours. Join the biggest Start-up Weekend in the North West UK. After an amazing launch in 2014, Start-up Weekend, which is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs, returns to Lancaster bringing together designers, developers, marketers and business people for a 54-hour start-up marathon!

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Wednesday 18th November, 18:00-21:00
Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Forum Library, Wythenshawe

A live Question Time screened from London, featuring Deborah Meaden from Dragons’ Den and Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer. You will be able to submit your questions to the panel and have the chance to network with other local businesses in Manchester. This is a unique opportunity to ‘get the know-how’ from some of the top names in business and pick their brains for advice to take your business to the next level.

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